QUESTION: Should I post my resume on job boards like Indeed, The Ladders, and Monster?
Posting on online job boards is just one strategy that can make up a diversified job search plan. Industry-specific boards are often cited by recruiters as more effective when posting the same job on a general board. Always check the site’s terms or FAQ page before posting. Finally, don’t expect much. The chance of landing a position by posting your resume is unlikely compared to networking.
Although job boards comprise a mere percentage of the total job market, they can be an important source for jobseekers. Keep in mind that generically “posting” on job boards may be seen as a signal of desperation by recruiters who prefer candidates that are successful in their current roles. It may be a better strategy to simply apply to the actual positions, as opposed to generically posting.
It’s not a good idea to post your resume on job boards; this eliminates the advantage of tuning it for each job type. Recruiters usually ignore candidates with posted resumes, as they can’t claim a recruiting fee if your information is already online. Instead, set up a job search agent for job boards, apply to matching jobs, and spend most of your time identifying ideal companies for your skills.
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